Spain Water Polo

Barceloneta defeat Molins to take top spot, important win for Navarra

Division de Honor, Round 16
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In a derby of Divison de Honor Round 16, the 4th ranked team Mataro hosted the 3rd ranked team Terrassa. The match started with a leading goal for Terrassa, but Mataro responded properly netting an equalizer. The hosts did not allow their opponent to achieve bigger advantage than +1. They equalized once again before the end of the first quarter, and by scoring the only goal in the second period, went on a break with a minimal 3-2 lead. In the second half, Terrassa water polo players were the ones who were trying to annul goals of the rival. Although Mataro had a two-goal advantage on two occasions, Terrassa found the strength to keep up. The match ended in a draw, 6-6.

Another tied match was played between Real Canoe and Sabadell in Madrid (10-10). Sabadell managed to take the lead at the beginning of the game, and only once allowed Real Canoe to tie the result until the third period. The hosting water polo team stepped up their game in the second half and managed not only to overcome a two-goal deficit, but also to enter the last eight minutes of the game with a 9-8 lead. However, they failed to keep the advantage, and Sabadell had +1 again. There were eight seconds left on the clock when successful penalty shot of Pablo Gomez brought a point to his team.

Barceloneta and Barcelona recorded easy victories against the teams currently at the bottom of this year’s Division de Honor standings.

The reigning champions proved too strong for Molins de Rei water polo players, who suffered a 6-17 loss at home. Marc Alferez and Serbian brothers Strahinja and Viktor Rasovic led their team to the victory by scoring three goals each.

Barcelona also came away with a nice 14-4 win over Rubi. The game’s top scorer was Pol Esforzado who netted three goals.

Elsewhere, Sant Andreu swept Mediterani 7-5 in a closely fought contest. In spite of Catalunya water polo player Miguel Flavia’s outstanding performance and 4 goals (the most in Round 16), the last match-up saw Navarra secure a vital victory over Catalunya 9-8.

 
Divison de Honor
Round 16

Saturday, February 25

Quadis Mataro – Terrasa 6-6 (2-2, 1-0, 2-2, 1-2)
Mataro: Veich (2), Cruz (1), Triola (1), Guimaraes (2)
Terrassa: Tevar (1), Campos (2), Ortega (3)

Barcelona – Rubi 14-4 (6-1, 2-1, 1-0, 5-2)
Barcelona: Lopez (1), Lloret (1), Portaña (2), Simarro (2), Sotes (1), Fernandez (1), Esforzado (3), Ijperen (2), Pleguezuelos (1)
Rubi: Trabal (2), Madridano (1), Castrillo (1)

Real Canoe – Sabadell 10-10 (2-4, 4-3, 3-1, 1-2)
Real Canoe: De la Puente (1), Preciado (1), Bejar (3), Hernandez (2), Santiago (3)
Sabadell: Pegado (3), Puga (2), Sallent (1), Jara (1), Valverde (1), Vela (2)

Molins de Rei – Atletic-Barceloneta 6-17 
Molins de Rei: Carne (2), Corsi (1), Font (3)
Barceloneta: Rasovic S. (3), Gonfaus (2), Alferez (3), Hernandez (1), Rasovic V. (3), Compte (1), Torras (1), Lopez (2), Lozina (1)

Sant Andreu – Mediterrani 5-7 (2-1, 1-4, 1-2, 1-0)
Sant Andreu: Real (1), Moreno (2), Garcia (1), Roqueta (1)
Mediterrani: Van den Burg (1), Dominguez (1), Gaviria (1), Rodriguez (2), Dominguez (2)

Navarra – Catalunya 9-8
Navarra: Fontecha (1), Soto (1), Prieto J. (3), Carnohan (1), Tito (3)
Catalunya: Gabor (1), Aragonez (1), Al Dughther (2), Flavia (4)

 
Standings
1. Barceloneta 16 – 45 pts
2. Sabadell 16 – 41
3. Terrasa 16 – 34
4. Mataro 16 – 29
5. Barcelona 16 – 29
6. Sant Andreu 16 – 25
7. Real Canoe 16 – 21
8. Mediterrani 16 – 20
9. Navarra 16 – 12
10. Catalunya 16 – 9
11. Molins de Rei 16 – 9
12. Rubi 16 – 7

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